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steve finkelstein

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  • Strangers on a Bridge

  • The Case of Colonel Abel
  • By: James Donovan
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

In the early morning of February 10, 1962, James B. Donovan began his walk toward the center of the Glienicke Bridge, the famous "Bridge of Spies" that then linked West Berlin to East. With him walked Rudolf Ivanovich Abel, master spy and for years the chief of Soviet espionage in the United States. Approaching them from the other side, under equally heavy guard, was Francis Gary Powers, the American U-2 spy plane pilot famously shot down by the Soviets, whose exchange for Abel Donovan had negotiated.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good beginning, terrible middle, great ending

  • By Bryant Naylor on 03-01-16

Book is better than the movie

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-18

A few weeks ago, I happened to see the movie, Strangers on a Bridge, starring Tom Hanks. It was a pretty good movie, or at least I thought it was. I discovered that the movie and then based on this book. I decided to listen to this book. I didn’t realize how long the book was, but it turned out to be excellent. The narrator was great. The book was Infinitely better than the movie. I would highly recommend this.

  • Finding Gobi

  • A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart
  • By: Dion Leonard, Craig Borlase
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

Finding Gobi is the miraculous tale of Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner who crosses paths with a stray dog while competing in a 155-mile race through the Gobi Desert in China. The lovable pup, who would later earn the name Gobi, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an amazing story!

  • By EF on 06-14-17

Wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-18

What a great book. It quickly grabs your attention. It’s hard to “put down.” A great story and I’m glad Gobi was found

  • Let Your Mind Run

  • By: Deena Kastor, Michelle Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Deena Kastor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 378

Deena Kastor was a star youth runner with tremendous promise, yet her career almost ended after college, when her competitive method - run as hard as possible, for fear of losing - fostered a frustration and negativity and brought her to the brink of burnout. On the verge of quitting, she took a chance and moved to the high altitudes of Alamosa, Colorado, where legendary coach Joe Vigil had started the first professional distance-running team. There she encountered the idea that would transform her running career: the notion that changing her thinking - shaping her mind to be more encouraging, kind, and resilient - could make her faster than she’d ever imagined possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By steve finkelstein on 05-19-18

Great book

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-18

If you ever seen Deena Kastor, she seems to smile A LOT. After reading the book, I now know that the smile reflects her way of thinking. I am not a positive thinking person. Sometimes I get put off by people who are overly positive. But that says more about me than it does about them. The thing I discovered in this book is that I could be positive, too. In my running. In the way I interact with people. In the way I live my life. I’m kind of an old fart, but I’m also willing to try new things that will make my life hopefully more enjoyable. This is a very enjoyable book, even if you don’t run. I would highly recommend it. Thanks, Ms. Kastor. Great job!

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  • Russian Roulette

  • By: David Corn, Michael Isikoff
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,328

The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the US election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a sleeper with critically important info

  • By luvdata on 05-07-18

Frightening and Frustrating

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-18

This is the most frightening book I can ever remember reading (or listening). It should be required reading for everybody. I also find it very depressing because we have an idiot in charge of this country with a Congress full of enablers and syncophants. Who knows what else Russia will do to the USA. I also find it very frustrating. How can anyone believe that there was no collusion!? I just don’t get it. The one benefit I can see from this book is that I can now read Stephen King’s horror books without any fear or trepidation

  • We Were the Lucky Ones

  • By: Georgia Hunter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati, Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,913

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive - and to reunite.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love it but...

  • By Roz on 07-19-17

Love it

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-18

It took a few chapters to get hooked by the book, but once I did, it was great. I enjoyed the different characters and how they were surviving. The narrators did a wonderful job. I also liked the stories of how the book was created and how the family was doing. Congratulations to all for an excellent production.

  • Dark Alliance

  • The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion
  • By: Gary Webb
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548

In July 1995, San Jose Mercury-News reporter Gary Webb found the Big One - the blockbuster story every journalist secretly dreams about - without even looking for it. A simple phone call concerning an unexceptional pending drug trial turned into a massive conspiracy involving the Nicaraguan Contra rebels, L.A. and Bay Area crack cocaine dealers, and the Central Intelligence Agency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great insight to history

  • By Ken on 06-07-14

Great Listen

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-18

I wholeheartedly recommend this book. It’s amazing what a government will do in the name of patriotism. It’s also sad what some journalists will do to report what the government wants as opposed to reporting the truth.
I do have a few complaints. First, Lawton Chiles last name rhymes with miles rather than sounding a type of pepper. Secondly, Bo Gritz last name rhymes with fights. It’s not a bowl of grits.

  • Daily Rituals

  • How Artists Work
  • By: Mason Currey
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,213
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,027

Kafka is one of 161 inspired-and inspiring-minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing else like this one

  • By Debra B on 10-23-14

Worthless

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-18

Seems I should be drinking and eating to excess. What a waste of time and money.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,833
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18,829

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept Me Coming Back Every Day

  • By Dewese on 02-28-18

Wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-18

Listening to West Cork is like listening to NPR’s This American Life. It starts off with an interesting story, and the kind of grabs your attention. By the time you reach the end, you want to know more.
I liked the format and the presenters. They did an excellent job. Sign me up for more “audible originals.”

  • Fun City

  • John Lindsay, Joe Namath, and How Sports Saved New York in the 1960s
  • By: Sean Deveney
  • Narrated by: Christopher Price
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

On January 1, 1966, New York came to a standstill as the city's transit workers went on strike. This was the first day on the job for Mayor John Lindsay - a handsome, young former congressman with presidential aspirations - and he would approach the issue with an unconventional outlook that would be his hallmark. Against this backdrop, too, the sporting scene saw tremendous upheaval.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing changes

  • By steve finkelstein on 01-22-18

Nothing changes

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-18

Enjoyed listening to this book a lot. Having grown up in the 60s, it is nice to reminisce about things that happened so long ago. Well, maybe not nice. I mean do I wars and strikes and stuff like that. The world hasn’t changed much since then. Just a new set of wars, strikes and racial problems.
My only qualm is with the narrator. Please learn the proper pronunciation of some of the names: Dave Meggyesy, Bob Devaney and Dave DeBusschere

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,052

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfyingly Hilarious

  • By FernT on 09-27-11

Adams-sequence?

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-17

I enjoyed this book Immensely. In its own quirky way, I had the feeling that I was reading from The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. There little humorous anecdotes thrown into the story, kind of mirroring the way Douglas Adams wrote.